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CCB Newsletter

May/June 2017


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News and Updates


The CCB will be hosting a summer book club focusing on graphic novels. The book club will meet five times over the course of the summer, and talk about graphic novels from various different genres and age groups. If you are interested in the book club email the CCB at:


This year’s Storytelling Festival was a great success! Thanks to everyone who supported the CCB and enjoyed a night of stories. Find the full audio recordings here. Check out the highlights of the Festival on the iSchool YouTube Channel.



May/June Calendar


Thursday, May 4th: iSchool Galley giveaway (11-7pm)


Friday, May 5th: Public Galley giveaway (10-4pm)


Summer hours begin Monday May 8th: Tuesday 10am-7pm, Wednesday 2-7pm, and Thursday 10-5pm



Our Affiliates Out and About


In February, Kate McDowell presented at Pecha Kucha at the Virginia Theater. She also coordinated faculty lightening talks through the iSchool. In March, Kate McDowell served on an External Review Panel for the Committee on Accreditation of the American Library Association.


More recently, Kate McDowell directed the Storytelling Festival, along with iSchool student Sarah Sahn, the CCB, and the iSchool. Full audio recordings of each performance can be found here. A highlights video from the Storytelling Festival can be accessed on the iSchool YouTube channel.


In April, Kate McDowell presented “Storytelling Your Career” at the Engineering Hall. She also presented a Storytelling Thinking workshop for Forefront, an Illinois statewide network of nonprofit leaders at the Champaign Public Library.


On April 27, Kate McDowell will be presenting a Storytelling Thinking workshop for staff at Prairie Rivers (a water conservation nonprofit).


Coming up in May, Kate McDowell will be presenting a Storytelling workshop at the research park on May 30. On June 6, she will also be presenting a Storytelling workshop for the Education Justice Project at Danville Prison.


Kate McDowell is in the midst of the Storytelling At Work Project, a project about “understanding how storytelling matters in the workplace.” Through interviews, Kate is hoping to address some of the following questions: “In the everyday world of work, what stories do we tell and what stories do we hear? How does storytelling work for people in everyday life? When does a story make or break the success of a workday, project, or even an organization?” The project is currently accepting interviews. For more information, visit the website at the following address:


Check out Kate McDowell’s latest blog post: “From Trouble to Struggle.”


Gryphon Lecturer Dr. Kafi Kumasi, associate professor of library and information science (LIS) at Wayne State University, presented on Hip Hop, libraries, and literacy during her Gryphon Brown Bag and Gryphon Lecture on April 27 and 28. Audio recordings of both presentations, as well as a video recording of the lecture will soon be available on the CCB website. For more information about the Gryphon Lecture and to access recordings, visit this link.


On April 29, Carol Tilley gave the keynote address at The Cora Paul Bomar Community Matters Summit. Her talk, “From Pariah to Powerhouse: Looking at Comics in Libraries,” shared stories about how libraries have grappled with and embraced comics throughout the twentieth century.


Dr. Rachel Magee, along with a group of teen researchers, presented the project “Young Researchers: Collaboratively Investigating Youth Social Media Practices with Teens” on Friday, April 28. At the presentation, teens shared their research processes, findings, and future directions for an ongoing investigation into teen social media use.


In June, Dr. Deborah Stevenson will be attending ALA in Chicago. App Authors is in the process of finding third year partner libraries, and we are looking forward to meeting with current and potential partners at ALA. Click here for more information about the ongoing App Authors project.



New Bibliography on the CCB Website


Food and the Fantastical: A Storytelling Bibliography to Salivate Over

Created by Anna Lapp and Hannah Mueller



New Books We Just Had to Read

Every month, the CCB and BCCB Graduate Assistants highlight books reviewed in the most recent issue of the Bulletin that we were excited to read. These decisions are based on personal preference, but all books listed are Recommended by the Bulletin. For complete reviews, visit the Bulletin website ( to learn how to subscribe.


Lauren’s Review: Real Friends by Shannon Hale

Reading Level: Gr. 4-6

Pages: 244 p.

Publisher and Year: First Second, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-62672-416-7

Price: $21.99


From celebrated author of works including Princess Academy, Princess in Black, and the Ever After High series comes Real Friends, a graphic memoir about growing up. Shannon Hale profiles each of the female friends that came in and out of her life as a middle schooler in the late seventies. With each new chapter comes a new friend, each with her own set of drama and complexity. The ever stressful in-crowd, known throughout school as “The Group,” finally lets Shannon in… but she soon starts losing herself as she climbs her way up the social ladder. Shannon matures bit by bit with each new relationship as she navigates body image, creativity, and standing up to bullies. Fans of Raina Telgemeier will be absorbed in LeUyen Pham’s clean art and bright colors. In her concluding author’s note, Hale talks about the complexity of memory and how we reminisce about growing up. This graphic novel would be a great conversation starter for middle school writers looking to learn more about the art of memoir. For a book about the ups, downs, and in-betweens of friendship, look no further, because Real Friends does not shy away from the reality of making and ending friendships.


Anna’s Review: Share, Big Bear, Share! by Maureen Wright; illus. by Will Hillenbrand

Reading Level: 2-4 yrs 

Pages: [32p] 

Publisher and Year: Two Lions, 2017 

ISBN: 978-1-5039-5100-6 

Price: $17.99 


Maureen Wright rolls out a new Big Bear title in Share, Big Bear, Share! In Hillenbrand’s illustrations, the lush forest scenery boasts a bucket of deliciously sweet blueberries, a host of forest critters, and a confused bear with a sweet tooth. After Bear fills an enticingly large bucket of berries, he wants to keep his scrumptious feast to himself. As a wise Tree repeatedly urges him to share his berries with his woodland friends, Bear mishears him and thinks he should comb his hair, go to his lair, use a chair, and other silly circumstances until he finally hears Tree correctly. Bear's happy-go-lucky attitude erases any ill will from his forest friends, and the book ends on a happy note—Bear sharing berries and reading to his pals. Share, Big Bear, Share! is heartwarming and humorous with clever rhyming throughout and illustrations that bring the text to life. From the Tree's distressed facial expressions to Bear's enthusiasm for doing what he believes he's told, the artwork charmingly displays Bear's mistakes through an almost overbearingly moral tone (no pun intended). On the same token, the book's heavy use of repetition will entice toddlers with its repeat-after-me structure, and parents looking for a book with a strong emphasis on sharing will delight in its pleasant purpose and beautiful illustrations. 




Highlighted Book from Our Wish List


Cleary, Beverly. Beezus and Ramona. Reissued ed. HarperCollins, 2013. ISBN 978-0380709182.


For more book selections or to order this one, visit the CCB’s Amazon Wish List.


************************************************************************CCB Summer Hours and General Information


Our summer hours will begin Monday, May 8th:

Monday: CLOSED

Tuesday: 10-7pm

Wednesday: 2-7pm

Thursday: 10-5pm

Friday: CLOSED


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